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In pre-WWI Paris, two friends, Jules (Austrian) and Jim (French), fall in love with the same woman, Catherine. But Catherine loves and marries Jules. When they meet again in Germany after the war, Catherine starts to love Jim - This is the story of three people in love, a love that doesn't affect their friendship, and about how their relationship evolves with the years.Written by
Jules et Jim is a difficult film, there's no question about that. I'd say the only thing that kept me watching was my love of Truffaut his ingenuity in cinematography, dialogue and just the whole tone of the film. That he could keep such melodramatic (if not drab) stuff somewhat entertaining is a testament to his mastery of the medium. I loved the blending of historical film into the narrative; I don't know if he was the first person to do this I highly doubt it but he certainly did it well in this picture.
Jules et Jim is a study of capriciousness. Catherine a woman to whom monogamy seems like a foreign concept is, to paraphrase the film, `not particularly intelligent, beautiful or kind, but she's treated like a queen.' Why Jules and Jim love her so, I don't know. They seem like strong enough characters to be without such a difficult woman, but I guess that question is at the center of the film.
For some reason, Jules et Jim reminded me of L'Avventura by Antonioni maybe because it was also a hard movie to enter and because the characters were so inaccessible. There are certainly elements of the neo-realism in this film, (one need look no further than the extensive use of mist and the forest scenes that closely resemble the dream sequences of Fellini, De Sica, et. al.)
Overall, I would say this picture is worthwhile, although there are certainly better, more accessible and mature Truffaut films out there.
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